OBITUARY: Macarthur's Noel Laming remembered

Rest in peace: Noel Laming, pictured with his wife Maree in 2016, also deceased, recently passed away. Picture: Anna Warr
Rest in peace: Noel Laming, pictured with his wife Maree in 2016, also deceased, recently passed away. Picture: Anna Warr

Campelltown-Camden Ghosts inaugural president Noel Laming has been remembered as a "progressive leader" following his death at 86 years old.

Mr Laming died on Saturday afternoon, September 25, at Campbelltown Hospital after battling cancer.

Jason Ellsmore, Ghosts secretary, said Mr Laming was well-loved in Macarthur and would be missed in more than just cricketing circles.

"Noel will be remembered as a progressive leader, reformist, outstanding volunteer and cricket enthusiast," he said.

"Noel served Macarthur in numerous ways, including the Catholic community, charity fundraising, and real estate, all whilst fathering a large family.

"However, Noel's service to cricket was outstanding, especially in laying the foundations of the Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club as well as his tenure as chairman of the Sydney Cricket Association."

Mr Ellsmore said former Ghost and iconic Australian cricketer Brett Lee shared the following message upon the news of Mr Laming's death: "Noel was an amazing man with incredible character. Someone who put others first. A cricket lover that was passionate about the club. RIP."

Mr Laming served as Ghosts president for eight years from 1985 to 1993, and was named a life member in 2005.

He chaired the Sydney Cricket Association between 1990 and 2001, and was also inducted as a life member in 2001.

The NSW Cricket Association honoured him with life membership in 1998.

Mr Laming was also heavily involved with the Southern Districts DCA, Hawkesbury Cricket Council, Camden DCA, Campbelltown Collegians Cricket Club, Ingleburn Cricket Club, Campbelltown DCC, Penrith CC SCA and NSWCA.

He was "instrumental" in securing the Campbelltown-Camden District Cricket Club home at Raby, working closely with Campbelltown mayors Bryce Regan and Gordon Fetterplace.

"The decision at the time to take the club's headquarters to a newly established housing development in Raby has since proved a masterstroke," Mr Ellsmore said.

Mr Laming was known to stockpile cricket memorabilia in his garage for more than 40 years.

He was bequeathed almost 150 cricket books from former Southern Districts umpire Ted Hoenger, including every Wisden's guide from 1864,

"In 2014, Noel rediscovered the treasures and decided to donate them to the Bradman Museum," Mr Ellsmore said.

Vale Noel Laming

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